Lose yourself in a great book by the pool with our good holiday reads...
Looking for a good holiday read? Sometimes there is nothing better than relaxing with a good book by the pool and immersing yourself in an engrossing story.
Picking up a good holiday read and lying back on the beach for hours – and without the call of your email inbox – is one of life’s greatest luxuries. Our top tip? If you’re trying to kill time at the airport, browse the bookshops there to save on packing space and pick up an airport book exclusive.
Not sure which read will have you gripped from the plane to the pool? Who better to consult when you’re packing your holiday reading than our very own Books Editor, Fanny Blake – she is never without a book in hand!
Fanny says: ‘What do I look for in a holiday read? Because I read a lot for work, I tend to save up the longer novels that I don’t really have the time to really get my teeth into. If I’m going abroad, I may choose books that are set in the place that I’m going to: being there definitely adds another dimension to them and deepens one’s understanding of a country. I also like a good crime novel or a psychological thriller that’s gripping but not too demanding so my mind’s taken off a plane or train journey where there are plenty of distractions.’
‘Over the years, I’ve read so many’, Fanny says. ‘But I think these are the standouts for me…’
Don’t jet off without clicking through Fanny’s good holiday reads…
Fanny’s novel With a Friend Like You is out in paperback on August 13th.
Best for: Short stories
From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes this terrific dark collection in which each stort is as absorbing and powerful as the last. Not to be missed.
Best for: Historical intrigue
The first of six action-packed novels about the wives of Henry VIII that draw on research and new theories. Six women caught up, one by one, in the glittering but brutal world of the Tudor court. Compelling.
Best for: Psychological thriller
A reclusive author sets the perfect trap for her sister’s killer, a journalist who comes to her house for an exclusive interview. So begins this very clever, mind-bending thriller.
Best for: Future vision
Set in the near future, the Madible family falls victim to the financial crash that engulfs America. Without the inheritance they were banking on, each member struggles to survive. Shriver is brilliant, funny and incisive as ever.
Best for: Feminist satire
Overweight Plum Kettle is an agony aunt. While waiting for her stomach-stapling operation, she is transformed through a series of adventures and women she meets. A smart, sassy and provacative read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Best for: Romantic escapism
The unexpected legacy of a house on a Greek island plunges Holly into the unknown as she explores her new home and attempts to throw light on her family’s secrets. An evocative debut.
Best for: Real lives
An extraordinary, moving and unflinchingly honest memoir about a sister’s love for her brother who was hit by a car and remained in a vegitative state for eight years.
Best for: Gripping read
A fierce new boss determined on change in an office where everyone has something to hide, twinned with a case of horrific abuse. Unsettling, tense and utterly unputdownable. Kept me reading into the small hours.
Best for: Friendship and betrayal
Set in Switzerland, spanning decades post WWII, a beautiful, deeply moving exploration of the developing friendship between two boys as it is tested over time. Assured and skilfully executed – I loved it.
Best for: Historical drama
This story begins at a ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, 1815, where a family’s life will change forever. It’s released over 11 weeks on his new app – go to julianfellowesbelgravia.com/womanandhome.
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